We’ve all felt apathetic at one time or another and while it may be simply a passing feeling it can also be a sign of something more significant. Apathy can be an indication that we are arriving at an advanced state of untreated stress or burn out. Regardless of the all too often statement and perception that “it is just stress”, burn out and stress carry very real physical, mental and emotional consequences. Initially those consequences may not be too problematic but over time they erode every facet of our health and well-being.
Varieties of Apathy
Apathy can be experienced at different levels. You can experience apathy as an individual or as part of a group. As an individual, you may feel great about certain parts of your life and experience apathy in particular areas, such as your job, your relationships or even your health. You could even live your entire life in a state of apathy, a state of little emotion and not caring just going through the motions.
The group might be your family, your work environment and colleagues, your community, and the list could go on. How often do we hear about “voter apathy” the community not really caring about the issues at hand? Have you ever experienced apathy about any issue within your family? Perhaps you’ve seen it or felt it within your work group, your town or community.
Simple apathy may indicate a lack of true interest or commitment. The solution here is simple honesty with oneself with permission to move on. Deeper causes of apathy require a more comprehensive approach.
So apathy can exist on many levels and for many reasons. It is important to identify the cause and type you have in order to create an effective plan for resolution.
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